Recipients of our Recognition Awards will each receive complimentary registration to attend the Society’s Annual Meeting being held October 9 to 12, 2013, at the Gaylord Texan in Dallas. They will also be honored at an Awards Reception during the meeting.
Winners of the scholarships for medical residents, fellows, or doctors of nursing practice will each receive reimbursement for travel expenses, complimentary registration to the NAMS Annual Meeting, and many other benefits and special programs during the meeting, ensuring that the next generation of clinicians is prepared to care for midlife women.
Review the available awards and eligibility criteria here, then complete the online Nomination Form. Nominations are due by May 31, 2013. Winners will be notified by July 12, 2013.
If you have any questions, please contact Mary Nance, NAMS Director of Outreach, at 440/442-7845.
1. Genetics do play a big role in obesity, but your genes aren’t your weight destiny. Changing your lifestyle can promote just as much weight loss as the medications used for this purpose today.
2. Reducing your calorie intake can help you lose weight, but trying to go on a specific “diet” doesn’t work well in the long term —it’s the calorie reduction that counts.
3. Exercise makes you healthier, no matter how much you weigh or whether you lose weight.
4. You can’t go on a diet, lose weight, and go back to your old habits. You have to maintain changes to maintain your weight loss.
5. Greater structuring of your meals and use of meal-replacement products promotes more weight loss than simply attempting moderation.
6. Some medications can help you lose a substantial amount of weight and keep it off, but only as long as you take the medication.
7. Weight loss surgery, if it’s right for you, can result in long-term weight loss and keep diabetes and more dire consequences of obesity at bay.
But here’s the good news: quitting before age 40 erases most of the risk of early death. The risk of stroke and heart disease drop quickly after you stop smoking. (The risk of cancers drops more slowly.) Even if you are older than 40, you can still gain back some years. Quitting by age 50 buys back about 6 years, and quitting by age 60 about 4 years of the decade you’d lose if you didn’t quit.
We know there’s good news about menopause and aging, too, if you quit. You may be able to delay the onset of menopause, since smokers reach menopause earlier, and quitting may also decrease your hot flashes. And if you quit, you will have fewer wrinkles, age spots, and less sagging than your smoking sisters the same age.
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JoAnn V. Pinkerton, MD, NCMP